Business in Malawi’s courts came to standstill on Monday at the judiciary support staff have down tools demanding that government should increase their salaries as it did with all civil servants.
Government recently issued a circular announcing salary increment for all civil servants save the judicial staff.
This apparently did not go down well the judiciary support staff, who have now taken action by downing tools to push government to increase their salaries as well.
“We will not go back to work until our demands are met in full,” said one striking staff.
The support staff includes court reporters that record all court proceedings, stenographers who transcribe them, court clerks, secretaries and guards.
Their action will likely paralyse the courts and access to justice.
Judiciary spokesperson Joseph Chigona, who confirmed the development, said they are discussing with government to so that they resolve the matter with some urgency.
“There is need for government to move in quickly as the Judiciary cannot afford to have the courts closed for a long period,” said Chigona.
In 2012, Judges and magistrates joined in an indefinite strike started by judiciary support staff that lasted for close to three months to resolve.
In another development, staff at Zomba district hospital on Monday downed tools demanding the removal of three top officials at the facility.
The three officials are Principal Health Officer John Kachoka, Human Resources Officer Wittily Phiri and District Nursing Officer Alinafe Mangulenje.
In a letter addressed to Secretary for Health Chris Kang’ombe, the staff claim they are making the demands to improve service delivery at the office.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :